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Le Saisonnier - Side Project Brewing

Le SaisonnierLe Saisonnier

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BA SCORE
93
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 13.58%


Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Le Saisonnier is named after the seasonal workers for which the first, old-world Saisons were originally brewed. Amber in color and fermented in and aged in Chardonnay barrels with a blend of yeast and bacteria, Le Saisonnier is bright, balanced and refreshing.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 01-10-2014)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tangent-time coming right up! As the head brewer from Perennial Ales turns attention from the norm and into the barrel, Le Saisonnier opens up with all the charm and rusticity of the Belgian low country.

This tangy farmhouse ale opens with a golden gaze that captures highlights of lemon drop and canary as its back-lit glow is diffused with haze. As a creamy lather builds on top the beer, its texture is arid and honeycomb. As its rocky and liquified head character treks deep into the session, clumping lace links up with the glass walls in the beer's wake.

Its bright and tart scent is fruity and earthy. With only the tangy sweetness of under-ripened citrus, the ale prefers a drier scent of apple, pear, white grape and lemon. Its earthen balance of peppercorn, sawdust and sea air carries a cork-like tone with damp hay and fresh-cut grass in the backdrop.

Its short-lived bready sweetness is wafer-thin and short-lived. The beer's more wine-like taste shrugs off the malt and races in with bright acidity- lemons, limes, oranges, pear and grape make their large presence known upon the middle palate, and does so in a dry and spicy fashion. Lightly salty on the tongue, the rich taste of weathered oak, cork, cellar must and stewn straw round out the beer's spicy and crisply bitter finish.

Effortless on the mouth, the beer's exuberant carbonation allows the ale to take on champagne-like proportions, pulling the malt from the tongue and giving rise to the beer's acidic wine texture. As the bubbles carry the beer into a fast-fleeting finish with much of its nuances in flavor being more appreciated in aftertaste rather on the initial palate- much the way Belgians prefer.

Its good to see the taste of Saison is in good hands- if nowhere else, it's safe in St. Louis, Missouri! Who would have thought? Its certainly a tangent worth taking.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 16:22:26 | More by BEERchitect
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pear like color lends to the overall experience as pear seems prevalent. The aroma had orchard pear and Apple with a cidery sour and peppery scent. The flavors followed with pear and Apple but the sour is more balsamic and white wine. Though sour and tart the feel is smooth and seems more like a cider. Very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 22:31:54 | More by KYGunner
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rmaste6282

California

2.75/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was expecting a Saison, but tasted more like an American Wild Ale to me. Pretty tart with some fruit/citrus flavors, but I detected plastic/rubber off flavors. I'm hoping that this was a one off bottle issue and not the entire batch. Great body for 4.8%. Aroma is nice citrus and tartness, but I also get the plastic phenols. Color is between orange and amber, a bit cloudy, but not off-putting. You definitely get barrel and chardonnay, but the plastic ruins it for me. I've liked many of the Side Project beers, this one didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 16:08:09 | More by rmaste6282
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into Side Project wine glass.

Appearance is a beautiful radiant light orange with a two finger frothy beige head that leaves a little lacing on the sides of glass. Looks like a double IPA a bit. Unfiltered.

Aroma is absolutely lovely. Chardonnay barrel, sweet citrus namely mandarin and loquat, light graham cracker, fresh blueberry, and faint floral yeast esters.

The palate explodes with lacto pucker, lemon pith, orange peel, tart apple jolly rancher, subtle spiciness, white wine, and some drying oakiness. Juicy mid palate and drys out nicely on the finish. Lovely lingering tartness at the back of the jawline.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Lighter body, medium to full carbonation, and dry finish that leaves the mouth watering for more.

Overall what a gem. At 4.8 percent abv this will not fade and is perfect for downing the whole bottle alone. Major lactic sour presence but not overly done. Drinks jucy yet finishes clean besides the lingering pucker and abrasive dryness. Can't say it's the most complex barrel aged saison but what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in sheer flavor presence for a "light" saison. Bonafide mouthgasm kind of stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 01:54:49 | More by MarcWP
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer looks and tastes like saison meets fresh lemonade without the sugar. Or maybe a saison meets a berliner. The bright lemony body pours with a billowing foamy white head. The scent is bright with lemons but also has that yeasty ester. The taste is outstanding. Crisp and clean saison body with just enough lemon tartness to make this complex. This is not a sour saison by any means. There is some brightness and acidity that reminds of a lemon berliner, but it is clearly a saison that has added complexity. Just so well made and effortlessly drinkable. Why did I share this and not just drink the whole bottle? I kid obviously, but you may want to hoard this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 15:07:12 | More by PHBoiler
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.89/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a hazed deep amber with a dark center and white head with some larger bubbles on top. Nose is very big but quite messy. Tons of lemon and dirty muddled wheat, aggressive tang and marmalade with a hint of fish. Taste is quite sour, a bit of chemical cleaner, loads of funky lemon, lighter yeast with an aggressive carbonation and quite a dry finish. Fuller body for the style, not really well integrated.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:19:50 | More by cpetrone84
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beagley

Missouri

4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

le Saisonnier, as a sour beer fan, I could not have been happier. Waves of flavors ranging from vinegar to pineapple to sweet and sour sauce, green apple skins to atomic warheads crashed over my tongue. I was taken aback. This beer cannot be real, nothing in my life has ever tasted this good. I immediately felt like it was wasted on me. As if all of my years of drinking beer I had never quite lost my walmart palette. I had though. My favorite go-to is Goose Island's Lolita, a very nice sour that I would recommend to anyone, and this new beer promptly stomped it's head in the sandbox.

I had the beer on tap, at Perennial the day of release, several times. I also brought a few bottles home, but have only enjoyed one so far. I'm trying to save the others, but it's going to be very, very difficult.

Cory has made a fan for life with this one. I'll be at every release forward.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2014 17:04:54 | More by beagley
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a proper Side Project Brew long stemmed tulip from a 750ml bottle.

The brew pours a nice slightly bright hazy orange with a good medium dense half inch white head. The head has some larger intermingled bubbles that break it up as it recedes quickly down to a nice thick ring around the glass with some spotty mats floating in the middle. The brew is orange and hazy with some nice bright golden hues on the edges. (5.0)

Aroma starts off with wild yeast tartness mixed in with some pungent and rustic grainy/malty must and funk. Notes of wood barrel and old farmhouse are present. The Oak from the Chardonnay barrels is impressive in the nose. You can tell this brew has spent most of its life in contact with wood. There is some nice citrus and acidic tartness that is perceived along with the musty funk that compliments it very well. The tartness in the nose leads you to believe its gonna be very intense. Aroma is extremely earthy ad grainy. Tons of malted barley in the nose. Fresh baked sourdough bread is present as well. As it warms a slight bouquet of slight fruity sweetness develops, maybe from the vinous character. (4.75)

Flavor is quite impressive. A nice dichotomy from what the nose might indicate but still true to the aroma. Starts off with a sharp citric/lemon tartness that shoots up and awakens the palette. This is then followed by some very grainy and bready malted barely/grain notes. Sooo much grain in the flavor. The grain leads the way to the earthy wood and funk notes. Hay, oak, slight sweetness with some vinous and buttery white wine notes. As the brew warms the tartness becomes less sharp and more smooth and even more complimentary to some of the notes of sweet grapes and even some green apple skin. Mouthfeel is near perfect. Great balance between fluffy Belgian level carbonation and prickly clean crisp acidity. (4.25)

Side Project keeps impressing. Great level of detail is put into all these beers. This one is no exception. The notes of grain are amazing and work very well with the funky and musty wood notes. The slight acidic tartness compliments everything very well. (4.5) (4.25)

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:49:29 | More by JoEBoBpr
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the release
The beer pours a cloudy burnt orange/yellow, no sediment, and has a thin, loose, white halo of head around the perimeter. The nose is earthy and very unique, reminiscent of green tomatoes, a blend of savory herbs, and delicious funk. The taste is tart from start to finish with subtle Chardonnay oaky barrel notes which transform into bright and acidic strawberries. It's relatively light bodied with low abv, good drinkability, rustic maltiness, moderate tartness, and a dry, funky finish. I'm quite impressed by this beer, it's better than some of the previous SP saison offerings and highlights some interesting bugs.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2014 22:50:36 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Msulax4

Missouri

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer was amazing now if Mizzou could only win a GD basketball game life would be perfect.

Tart with an orange haze. great carbonation and event better taste. Tart, WOOD, finishes dry and leaves me wanting to drown myself in these amazing suds. Tasted in my great Side Project Glass. Great beer Cory!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 18:53:06 | More by Msulax4
Le Saisonnier from Side Project Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.